Global Textiles: Styles & Sources

Global Textiles: Styles & Sources

Aug 9, 2010

Textiles are a super, low-commitment way to add color, texture and personality to any room or sofa. Fabrics from faraway places are especially interesting – whether African mudcloth, Indian Kanthas, Indonesian batiks, Mexican tenangos or Turkish kilims.

Covering beds, reupholstering a granny chair, or tossing pillows on a standard sectional will surely up the character ante. Go for bold graphics and colors to keep the look fresh. Visit the sources listed below for the items above:

1. African mudcloth and antique Indonesian batik used as twin bedspreads. Mudcloth from Bola Boutique, 2 West 125th Street, NY, NY

2. Indonesian woven ikat, Mexican tenango, Indian blockprint from Anokhi

3. Turkish Kilim pillows from Hayko Fine Rugs & Tapestries, NYC

4. Framed 1935 Indian Kantha cloth for child's nursery, from SRI Threads

5. Indian applique pillow from Fabinda, African Kuba cloth pillow from Hayko

Additional sources: L'aviva Home, Aid to Artisans Webstore OR your local emporia!

- Alice Engel

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